Welcome back after the time warp that was this week. It seems like we’ve spent several months (and seasons) hard at work since donning shorts to that Sunday asado over the long weekend, doesn’t it? The temperatures are cooling down – kind of – and the election season is heating up (check out our WTF: Race to the Casa Rosada primer for all the details). It’s a lot to process. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered for how to spend the next few days.
If you’re looking for something a little easier to read than the weather, make sure to check out the 45th Feria Internacional del Libro kicking off today and running through May 13th. More than 1 million people flock to this important book fair to browse titles, listen to author readings, attend courses, and connect with publishing bigwigs. This event could easily take up an entire weekend for die-hard bookworms, but below you’ll find an anthology of other events to complement your busy reading schedule.
FRIDAY, APRIL 26TH
It’s fascinating to see how the glitz and glam of Hollywood movies have affected film scenes around the world, and Egyptian cinema is no exception. The country’s film industry in the 20th century became known as “Hollywood on the Nile,” which featured the aesthetic of American films and similar style of models playing the female leading roles. Join political scientist Carolina Bracco, an expert on Arab and Hebrew cultures, for a chat that examines the role of gender in Egypt’s films and their effects on society. The event will be hosted by the Instituto de Investigación y Experimentación en Arte y Crítica.
6 PM | Espacio del IIEAC | Bartolomé Mitre 1869, third floor | Free | More Info
“What type of disobedience expresses and composes the feminist movement in all its multiplicity today?” If this question piques your interest, be sure not to miss this chat with Verónica Gago, academic and author of the book “La Razón Neoliberal. Economías barrocas y pragmática popular.”
7 PM | FLASCO Argentina’s Emiliano Mignone Auditorium | Tucumán 1966 | Free | More Info
ART NOUVEAU NIGHT
You’ve probably noticed the Palacio Barolo on many strolls around the city, but Friday presents a great opportunity to learn more about the influence of Art Nouveau on this building and others in the region. The Asociación Art Nouveau Buenos Aires is hosting a video showing about the building and its architectural link to Montevideo’s Palacio Salvo, an illumination in the building’s hall to explain the architecture, and sneak peek of what the organization is planning for “La Noche del Art Nouveau” in September.
7 PM – 8PM | Palacio Barolo | Av. de Mayo 1370 | Free | More Info
If you’re looking for a more laid-back way to start your Friday night after the busy week, head over to Camping’s cool-kid terrace in Recoleta to catch a free outdoor show by Argentine indie darlings Los Reyes del Falsete. The band’s fun lyrics coupled with an upbeat mix of fuzzy guitars, electronics and brass will be sure to put you in a breezy mood. Editor’s Note: Due to weather, this event has been rescheduled for Saturday at the same time.
9 PM | Camping | Av. Pueyrredón 2501 | Free | More Info
SATURDAY, APRIL 27th
The Avengers have been stealing most of the spotlight lately due to the Endgame movie, but Meridiana Comics invites you to remember that Batman is celebrating its 80th anniversary. A slew of artists will be on hand to sign special art prints made especially for the event, as well as a special collection of collector comics, figures, statues, and infographics dedicated to the (bat)man of the hour.
3:30 PM – 7 PM | Meridiana Comics | Av. Rivadavia 4963 | Free | More Info
FIND YOUR CLIC
If you like being first on the scene to check out new cultural events, Villa Crespo is the place to be this weekend as the Circuito Local de Intervenciones Culturales (CLIC) launches its first to-do. The group says it’s planning to host free events, workshops,and other cultural activities all year, and will start this Saturday with a street fair for the neighborhood to enjoy. The event will feature food, local designers, and an outdoor movie viewing of Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times with live music by Axel Krygier.
5 PM – 11 PM | Plaza Benito Nazar | Antezana and Olaya | Free | More Info
Feeling blocked? Palermo Hollywood pop-up space Hábitat 2127 invites you to its space to check out a workshop with yoga, breathing techniques and rose quartz. You’ll also have a chance to browse FFOCCO’s comfy line of yoga clothing during the event. Make sure to send an e-mail at the link below to reserve a spot and to get more information.
11 AM – 1 PM | Hábitat 2127 | Av. Dorrego 2127 | E-mail for price | More Info
If you’re a fan of hip-hop, neo-soul, funk, electronica or all of the above, seeing The Internet at Niceto is a must. The L.A.-based band will stop by Buenos Aires on its first Latin America tour to play tracks from their latest album, Hive Mind. You may already know vocalist Syd from the collective Odd Future, and guitarist Steve Lacy for contributing to the production of Kendrick Lamar’s latest record.
8:30 PM | Niceto Club | Niceto Vega 5510 | AR $1,400 in advance | More Info
BOOK FAIR CONCERT
If you’re looking for a good day to check out the Feria Internacional del Libro, consider going on Saturday for a special concert featuring Spanish singer Silvia Pérez Cruz that will highlight Barcelona’s role as the city of honor during the fair. Entry to the book fair is free on this night, too (normal prices are listed here).
8PM | La Rural | Av. Sarmiento 2704 | Free | More Info
SUNDAY, APRIL 28th
We know that rolling out of bed on Sunday morning is difficult, but what if we told you the reward is drinking boatloads of specialty coffee and food truck delights for making the effort? If this sounds like an ideal way to spend a weekend, don’t miss the FECA coffee festival that starts on Saturday morning. The event will feature a huge coffee market, plus talks and workshops about how coffee is grown and tips for making it at home.
10 AM – 9 PM | Plaza República del Perú | Av. Figueroa Alcorta and Salguero | Free | More Info
Boedo is the barrio to be this weekend for tango aficionados and those who might be checking out the cultural institution for the first time. The neighborhood is hosting a tango festival that opens on Saturday and runs through May 5th. Even if you’ve seen tango before, the annual event’s street milongas provide a fresh take on the classic art form.
6 PM – 9 PM | Espacio Cultural Julián Centeya | Av. San Juan 3255 | A la gorra pricing for most events | More Info
Too much time alone in the studio? Don’t go back to the drawing bored. The JAM de Dibujo is back this Sunday at Club Cultural Matienzo. Mingle and make art with a crowd of fellow creators during a live model session and enjoy tunes from Electro Dependientes, electronic percussionist José Balé and Mariano Martos on bass.
9:30 PM | Club Cultural Matienzo | Pringles 1249 | AR $180 | More Info
Disclaimer: The dates, times, and locations for each of these events reflect the information that was available at the time this edition of “What to Do in Buenos Aires this Weekend” was published. The dates, times, and locations are subject to change at the event organizers’ discretion. For the most up to date information, click on the ‘More info’ link when it is listed under the event summary.
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